The first day of filing for the March 2012 primary indicated there will be at least two contested races for voters to consider. A primary contest to select the Democratic party boss of the 32nd ward and to select the Democratic candidate for the 14th Representative to the General Assembly both drew challengers.
Ald. Scott Waguespack files to run for Democratic 32nd Ward Boss. Credit Jack Lydon
In the 32nd Ward, Ald. Scott Waguespack is opposing the reelection of Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey. Waguespack and Fritchey have been at odds, with Fritchey supporting two challengers against Waguespack in the 2011 Municipal election.
Waguespack is considered the leader of the opposition in City Hall. However, Mayor Rahm Emanuel may be supportive of Waguespack as Waguespack backed the mayor’s 2012 budget proposal that passed unanimously.
Fritchey, who had served in the General Assembly, is coming off a failed bid to fill Emanuel’s congressional seat in 2009. His open county government push has gained wide support and press.
In the 14th District Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a freshman who was appointed to the job, faces opposition from Paula Basta. A third candidate has announced but has not yet filed.
Cook County Commissioner files to retain his seat as 32nd Ward Democratic boss. Credit: Jack Lydon
Cassidy, a lesbian activist, signed on to HB 3810, which would eliminate the General Assembly Scholarship Program and has sponsored a number of bills, SB 19, HB 3814 and SB 395, all of which would eliminate a widely criticized provision of the seven percent tax cap that required senior citizens to reapply each year for the exemption.
Opposing her election is Paula Basta, a senior citizens activist who is also gay. Basta is well known as the director of the Levy Senior Center located on Lawrence Ave.
Paul Rosenfeld has filed for the Democratic 47th Ward Committeeman. Former Ald. Eugene Schulter currently fills that position, but has not announced whether he will run for reelection or not.
The committeeman position is critical in the slating of judicial candidates. It also fills vacancies in public offices until the next election. Locally committeeman have filled positions several times.
- Greg Harris was selected to fill in the ballot vacancy created by the retirement of Ill. Rep. Larry McKeon in 2006.
- Kelly Cassidy was selected earlier this year to fill the position of Ill. Rep. Harry Osterman when he successfully ran for Alderman.
- Kathleen Moore was selected instead of Ann Williams to fill a two week vacancy in 2010-11 created when Ill. Rep. John Fritchey ran successfully for the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Williams had won the seat in the general election, but the committeemen claim she wasn’t interested in filing the position for the two week opening. Moore’s appointment is controversial because she provided the critical 60th vote for the passage of the income tax increase and also for the end of the death penalty in the state.
The primary will allow voters to choose party candidates for the offices of:
- President of the United States
- Representatives in Congress
- State Senators
- Representatives in the General Assembly
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioners
- State’s Attorney
- Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Recorder of Deeds
- Board of Review Commissioners (Districts 1, 2 & 3)
- State Supreme Court Judges, vacancies
- State Appellate Court Judges, vacancies
- Cook County Circuit Court Judges & Subcircuit Judges, vacancies
- Additional Judgeships (if required)
In addition delegates and alternate delegates to the National Nominating Conventions and Ward Committeemen are being selected in the primary.
The Primary is organized for major parties. In Illinois only the Republican and Democratic Parties qualify as major parties. The Green Party is allowed to qualify candidates for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
The 2012 Illinois primary is set for March 20. The final day for filing is Dec. 5. For filing requirements see the page of the County Clerk.
State Board of Elections Web Site
List of offices representing North Side Communities, or candidates from select North Side communities running